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Shhh... Treat confidentiality agreements like trade secrets

August 27, 2015

According to Michael N. Spink, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., the news this summer that Ford Motor Company was charged with theft of trade secrets by a former ...

The top-secret Tiger Club

August 27, 2015

Nick Roumel The other night was the State Bar Labor and Employment Section’s summer Tiger game outing. The organizers are to be commended for a great event. We had tickets not only to the game, but for a buffet in the “Tiger Club.” That’s ...

Raising fees right

August 27, 2015

Ed Poll Daily Record Newswire It’s time. You’re going to take the plunge. You’ve decided to raise your fees. Higher fees and happy clients can be mutually exclusive. But there are tactics that can not only increase income, but also acceptance. ...

Be well-prepared for the loan process with the '7-10 split'

August 27, 2015

Ed Poll Daily Record Newswire The time may come when your firm needs a temporary financial boost. A common occurrence, to be sure, but you won’t get something for nothing — certainly not from a bank. If you need a loan, you can expect the bank ...

What does a hug cost?

August 27, 2015

By Marie E. Matyjaszek When I think of prison, I don’t think of sunshine, palm trees and sparkly baubles (my preferred daydream items). I toured a prison once, and even the weather cooperated for my general impression of living behind bars – stormy, ...

Greek guacamole

August 27, 2015

Greeks don’t traditionally cook with avocados. (They don’t have a lot of “lettuce” these days either, but that’s another story.) Avocados are gaining in popularity in Greece. Conditions are suited to its production and there ...